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Medway Council launches a public consultation on plans to build up to 30,000 homes

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Medway Council today launches a public consultation on its vision to develop the area by building up to 30,000 homes by 2035.

The proposed local plan includes options of where the new homes will go as well as land earmarked for employment, retail, infrastructure, investments and community services and facilities.

Medway Council has identified a need for more homes along with the supporting infrastructure, jobs and services, in order to accommodate a projected increase in population of nearly 50,000 people in Medway by 2035. The council has declared it wants to accomplish all this while also ensuring any development complements any existing natural infrastructure in place.

The consultation runs for 7 weeks from today (January 16) to Monday, March 6, and will give local residents the opportunity to look at the proposed options for growth and give their feedback and suggest their own ideas.

The plan does not set out detailed policies or specific sites for development, however it does suggest the most appropriate ideas and locations for supporting sustainable growth in the area.

Possible employment land sites include Kingsnorth and Isle of Grain on the Hoo Peninsula, which offer significant advantages for heavy industrial and large scale distribution companies. Consideration will also be given to the Hoo Peninsula for housing land.

Medway Council’s leader Cllr Alan Jarrett said: “This is a really important opportunity for Medway residents to have their views heard about the various proposals. We understand this is a sensitive topic for some local people, so it’s key that everyone gets involved at this early stage, attends up coming events to find out more and understand the scale of what the council is obliged to achieve.

“Regeneration is at the core of Medway’s growth plans and its vision for how the area should look and function by 2035. We’re committed to providing renewed urban areas with high quality services and developments along the waterfront and in town centres that bring jobs, homes and services to Medway’s communities.”

Portfolio holder for planning, economic growth and regulation Cllr Jane Chitty added: “The new local plan is set to reflect the hopes and aspirations of local people. We want residents to be proud of where they live, and the local plan is key to that, planning for a sustainable, exciting and prosperous future.

“This is all about planning for new and enhanced services and facilities, new schools and roads, opportunities for businesses creating more jobs for the area, and developing sites for affordable homes for our growing population.

“While the local plan is something we have a duty to deliver, it’s very much an exciting opportunity for us to work with local people to create the best possible version of Medway. With everyone’s input Medway can become an even more valued place to live, work, visit and learn.”

At this stage, it is thought Medway’s local plan will be implemented in 2019, subject to outcomes of an independent examination by a planning inspector.

Consultation documents are now available to view at www.medway.gov.uk/futuremedway where an official online feedback form and background documents are available.

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